Steph Beckett

UNC Receives CDC Grant for Sexual Violence Study

Congressman David Price announced Tuesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will award a grant of over $1.79 million to the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center. The grant will be dispersed over four years, and will be used specifically to study the impact of the “Wise Guys: The Next Level” rape prevention education (RPE) program. The Wise Guys: The Next Level program was designed by the Children’s Home Society. Its purpose is to educate young men and boys in Guilford County about relationship violence and sexual assault prevention. The CDC-funded study will help determine the best...

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Lots of Transition on First Day of School in Chapel Hill – Carrboro

Eighth graders at Smith Middle School joined students across Chapel Hill – Carrboro and the rest of North Carolina shuffling to class on the first day of school on Monday. Almost everything is new for these Smith Middle students. Beyond normal things like new classes and a new homeroom, they also have a new superintendent and principal – and it was their first day of school too. “Today is actually good. It actually is what feels like normal for the first time,” said Stephon Goode. This summer, he accepted a position as interim principal at Smith Middle. Goode had...

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Durham Police Looking For Missing Person

Durham police are looking for 31-year-old Eric Michael Jordan. He went missing after last being seen on Saturday, August 27. Investigators believe he is still in the Triangle Area, and say they are concerned for his safety and well-being. Jordan is described as a white male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall. He weighs between 175 and 190 pounds, and has brown eyes. He is bald. Anyone with information on Jordan or his whereabouts is asked to contact Investigator T. Huelsman at 919-560-4440, extension 29341. The Durham Police Department can also be reached at...

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Supply Store Helps Chapel Hill-Carrboro Teachers Get Supplies

It’s a hot Tuesday in Chapel Hill, but teachers are waiting in a long line outside of the American Legion. They’re waiting to get their chance to shop for school supplies, but without spending any of their money. Claire Nelson teaches third-grade at Rashkis Elementary School. She says she plans on picking up those supplies with the $75 voucher given to her by the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club and the Chapel-Hill Carrboro Public School Foundation. Each elementary school teacher or teaching assistant in the area was invited to come shop at the tenth annual Teacher Supply Store. The...

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North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center to Receive FEMA Grant

The North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center will receive a $300,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grant will be used to educate low-income North Carolinians about fire safety and prevention. Bruce Cairns, director of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, spoke to Blake Hodge in a phone interview Friday. Cairns said the money will be used in other ways too.  “We are going to identify where the high-risk, vulnerable populations are,” he said. “And deploy our education materials for burn prevention and fire prevention.” Cairns also said part of the funds will be used to teach...

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Chapel Hill Residents Speak Out on Ephesus-Fordham District

Chapel Hill residents spoke up Monday about what they want to see from the rebuilding and restructuring of much of the Ephesus-Fordham District. Residents have complained in the past about the lack of space for walking and confusing traffic patterns. On Monday night, the Town of Chapel Hill said the goal is to change that. Tony Sease is the founder of Civitech. It’s a planning and design business for walkable communities. He will be designing the architecture of the new plan, and led the meeting. Sease provided pictures of features he says would be important for Ephesus-Fordham.  Sease said, “Both...

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Chapel Hill Residents, NAACP Members Stage Protest Against UPS

About 30 protesters stood and sat on Eubanks Road outside of the UPS Monday evening. They were hot, and they were tired but they continued to wave signs at and chant to passersby and cars. They’re protesting what they say is the mistreatment and discrimination against the employees of UPS. One of those protesters is Lucy Lewis. She’s a member of the Labor Committee of the Chapel-Hill Carrboro NAACP. She said UPS has created a hostile work environment for the elderly and for people of color. “This is not the kind of workplace we want in our local community,”...

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Town of Chapel Hill Hosting Meeting on Walking Ability in Ephesus-Fordham District

The Town of Chapel Hill has had plans to change the Ephesus-Fordham area since it became its own district in 2014. Much of the area has been under construction this summer, as plans to remedy traffic congestion have come to fruition. The Ephesus-Fordham district includes many of Chapel Hill’s older shopping centers: including the Eastgate Shopping Center, Village Plaza and Ram’s Plaza. Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger said in an in-studio interview with Aaron Keck Thursday that the areas are starting to look better, with less traffic confusion and congestion, but there is still some work to go. “The...

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Orange County Working on New System to Help Homeless

How many people in Orange County are homeless as of this year? And, what is being done for those who experience homelessness? These were only a few questions discussed at the Homelessness Orientation at the Seymour Center Tuesday evening. The orientation was led by Corey Root. She’s the Homeless Programs Coordinator for Orange County. She says the purpose of the orientation is to educate community members on what programs are available to combat homelessness, and which of those programs are changing. “There’s a staff that comes together that really tries to connect folks with resources, such that they’re not...

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Local Non-Profit Helps Renovate Chapel Hill Homes

Two houses sit on each end of Lindsay Street in Chapel Hill. They couldn’t be more different. 326 Lindsay Street is stark white with a bright purple porch, and 314 Lindsay Street has a forest green roof, and brick accents. But as of Tuesday, the two houses have something in common. They’ve been renovated by Rebuilding Together. Rebuilding Together of the Triangle (RTT), is a non-profit that works to renovate houses for residents who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it. On Monday, the organization began a two-day building project on the two houses, to fix things that could pose...

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